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September 30, 2006

eTwinning THE motivational learning experience

Our school has been involved in eTwinning since the start of the project. We have found the concept of using European links to motivate pupils and staff by using ICT in a real and meaningful way as a successful strategy of tackling curriculum objectives. The use of the eTwinning portal ensures online safety and the support of the National Support Service is very effective. Pupils have ceated rich learning experiences through the contact with other cultures and languages in a number of European countries. Using cross curricular approaches we have provided new and exciting learning experiences based on History, Geography, Health and Healthy Lifestyles, second language skills, citizenship, global citizenship, cultural understanding, Art, PE, dance, Language and Maths.
If you would like to see more information on some of these projects click the links below.
www.ww2inthehighlands.co.uk/etwinning
(archiving memoirs project)
http://cauldeen.blogspot.com
http://nessie-gozo-scotland.blogspot.com
(Nessie /Gozo project)
http://mediablog.mail2web.com/miriamschembri/portal (Infant healthy lifestyles project)
http://highlandclearances.info/clearances/index
(history & population movement project)

20 Ideas for eTwinning Collaboration using ICT

• Cultural information exchange (PP/video/multimedia/text/email)
• Exchange school information (email/photos/text/PP/video)
• Soft Toys to focus on local areas (photo/multimedia/text/email/PP)
• Collaborative story writing/book/song writing publish on internet (email/blogs/website)
• Joint blog based on pets/ hobbies/sports (digital photos/audio /video /text)
• Simple podcasts on after school activities (audio/music/MP3s/blogs)
• Exchange views/thoughts/feelings on world events( podcast/video/)
• Exchange information on shared history (video/MP3s/photos/text/PP/email)
• Short joint curricular projects eg health/diet/lifestyles (multimedia)
• Create joint cookbook of national/local recipe (internet/blogs/photos/text)
• Create collaborative online art/ photo gallery (scans/blogs/email/multimedia)
• Exchange information on playground games/rhymes (video/MP3s/text)
• Develop collaborative podcasts on music /news/interests (MP3s/ blogs)
• Exchange information using each others languages (audio/video/MP3s/text)
• Exchange interactive maps of a walk in the town/ woods (digital photos)
• Video Conferencing science experiments and exchange theories/comments
• Exchange/collaborate on animations with or without spoken language
• Pedagogical exchange through joint lesson planning/delivery/evaluation
• Create and complete a quiz/presentation/guide on partner’s country (internet/email/multimedia)
• Exchange information on 5 heroes/inventors/authors/artists/ musicians/thinkers etc

20 Reasons for eTwinning Collaboration using ICT

Promotes pedagogical exchange and development for staff.
• Enables professional development in ICT to be contextualised.
• Encourages staff to use the children’s tools to support real learning firmly based within the curriculum.
• Offers the opportunity to contextualise and embed ICT across the curriculum
• Creates contexts to examine and reflect on current classroom practice
• As a classroom motivator it offers the opportunity to stretch able pupils and engage disaffected pupils.
• Raises standards through the motivation of an external audience for the pupil’s classwork
• Promotes in depth understanding and empathy with other cultures.
• Exposure to other languages and cultural issues encourages second language skills
• Allows parents to participate in and support their children’s learning
• Provides opportunities to get out and access community resources to support pupil’s learning
• Creates real contexts within which to develop team work, decision making problem solving and
negotiating skills
• Promotes an outward looking, positive ethos and flexible attitudes to others
• Raises children’s self confidence and encourages independent learning
• Provides contexts to develop local, national and international Citizenship
• Children’s earning styles can be appropriately addressed through mixed media eTwinning
• Time limited curricular exchanges can be a legacy for the schools involved
• Positive, focused enriched learning experience will enhances pupil/ teacher relationships
• Gives opportunities for staff, classes and individual children to promote friendships across borders
• Embeds cross curricular approaches while making learning FUN!!!!!!

Hi everybody!

Dear All,

before sharing my ideas with you, let me introduce myself briefly.

I am Silvia and I've just got involved in this wonderful eTwinning experience by my collegues at Muratori High school in Modena Italy. I'm very happy to take part into this activity because I've always been interested in international projects. Since it is the very first time for me I hope to start off on the right foot!
My collegues at "Muratori" are enthustiastic about how the eTwinning went on last year and so everybody is eager to continue.
I hope to get to know you all as soon as possible and to start interesting projects together. I send to you Elisabetta's and Raffaella's best regards together with those of our Institute.

All the best,
Silvia

September 29, 2006

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September 26, 2006

Learning Through Friendship

A couple of weeks ago I received a wonderful e-mail. It was from my Spanish colleague Arturo, who wished to go on with our eTwinning project. Last year our students worked together in a shared learning environment. They wrote forum posts telling about their everyday life in their home countries (205 letters altogether!).

One of the most exciting things was the exchange of the students' favourite recipes. In IES Escultor Juan de Villanueva they actually had a special cookery class and tried out our Finnish recipes. It really must have been an extraordinary experience. And we got a few lovely pictures of our partners cooking.

So, all through the year, it was a lot of ideas and experiences, photos and video clips passed on to each other. What I hadn't anticipated was that a true feeling of friendship would slowly grow as we worked together.

Many of my colleagues tell me that they would love to join in eTwinning, but they just don't have the time. Well, in a way understand that, but in the end, I think, it is a question of prioritizing. We teachers have to plan and prepare our classes anyway, so why not include eTwinning into the yearly curriculum.

Instead of studying books and doing exercises, the students can learn by finding and sharing information, experimenting and comparing, and, most importantly, in collaboration with their peers in another country.

At the moment, we're about to start a second year of eTwinning with our partners in Spain. Of course, the students will have a lot to "talk" about after summer holidays and all. And then, perhaps, the next topic might be flora and fauna.

Our Spanish partners are also planning to come and visit us in Finland, which is absolutely fantastic. (You should have seen my students' eyes shine, when they heard about that.)

And for the teachers, you really can't imagine how much you learn when working together with your colleagues and how wonderful friends you can get!

September 25, 2006

Share your experience in eTwinning!

During the special "eTwinning Weeks" organised from 25 September - 15 October, teachers already working in eTwinning can share their experiences with fellow teachers across Europe.

For experienced eTwinners, share information about your project, your partnership and the various challenges and successes you had along the way.

For teachers not yet involved in an eTwinning partnership, this is a great opportunity to find out first-hand just how easy it is to get involved, make new friends in other European countries, learn together and have fun!